Glens Falls man, 21, graduates from Siena while working as full-time cop

May 09, 2018 11:28 AM

MECHANICVILLE - Don't be fooled by the boyish looks of the officer behind the wheel of the Mechanicville Police car.

"A lot of times people will ask, 'Are you old enough to arrest me?'" joked Officer Jerry Casertino.

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Just 21-years-old, Casertino is smart enough to approach his job seriously while not taking himself too seriously.

He started at the police academy when he was 20, and he's about to graduate from Siena College this weekend with degrees in pre-law and English.

He started working full-time as a Mechanicville officer while a full-time student at Siena.

"Really, what you know is what you're driven to do -- and Jerry is driven to be a great police officer," said Mechanicville Police Chief Joe Waldron.

Jerry Casertino is protecting and serving the people of Mechanicville, but his path to a career in law enforcement began in Glens Falls.

Jerry is following in the footsteps of his father, Detective Lieutenant Pete Casertino of the Glens Falls Police Department.

The easy going Casertino has been on the job for 22 years, longer than his son has been alive, and Jerry's been fascinated by police work and helping people for as long as he can remember.

"He'd rather see me go into something else, but he hooked me," smiled Jerry.

His dad recalls the time when Jerry was 6 years old and a friend stopped over and parked near his house.

"He wrote the guy a parking ticket for blocking a driveway, which is illegal," Pete says.

While still full-time at Siena and earning a 3.9 GPA, Jerry was captain of the mock trial team.

He's possibly the youngest Mechanicville cop ever, but Jerry's not really interested in age.

"You look the part, you know what to say, it doesn't matter how old you look if you're able to do the job," he says.

Jerry starts law school this summer and will continue to work full-time in Mechanicville, all while seeking the advice of his dad.

"It's great for all law enforcement to rely on each other, but he knows he can rely on me any time he wants," said Pete.

Jerry's ultimate goal is working for Homeland Security -- and by all accounts, there's no limit to the heights he can reach.

"He's dedicated to anything he does," said his proud father.


Mark Mulholland

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